OOW 2013 is over and we’re heading home, so it is time to lean back
and reflecting about the impressions we have from the conference.
of all: OOW was great! It was a pleasure to be a part of it. As already
mentioned in our last blog article: It was the biggest OOW ever.
Parallel to the conference the America’s Cup took place in San Francisco
and the Oracle Team America won. Amazing job by the team and again
congratulations from our side
Back to the conference. The main topics for us are:
- Oracle SOA / BPM Suite 12c
- Adaptive Case management (ACM)
- Big Data
- Fast Data
Below we will go a little more into detail, what are the key takeaways regarding the mentioned points:
Oracle SOA / BPM Suite 12c
the five days at OOW, first details of the upcoming major release of
Oracle SOA Suite 12c and Oracle BPM Suite 12c have been introduced. Some
new key features are:
- Managed File Transfer (MFT) for transferring big files from a source to a target location
- Enhanced REST support by introducing a new REST binding
- Introduction of a generic cloud adapter, which can be used to connect to different cloud providers, like Salesforce
- Enhanced analytics with BAM, which has been totally reengineered (BAM Console now also runs in Firefox!)
- Introduction of templates (OSB pipelines, component templates, BPEL activities templates)
- EM as a single monitoring console
- OSB design-time integration into JDeveloper (Really great!)
- Enterprise modeling capabilities in BPM Composer
are only a few points from what is coming with 12c. We are really
looking forward for the new realese to come out, because this seems to
be really great stuff. The suite becomes more and more integrated. From
10g to 11g it was an evolution in terms of developing SOA-based
applications. With 12c, Oracle continues it’s way – very impressive.
Adaptive Case Management
fantastic topic was Adaptive Case Management (ACM). The Oracle PMs did a
great job especially at the demo grounds in showing the upcoming Case
Management UI (will be available in 11g with the next BPM Suite MLR
Patch), the roadmap and the differences between traditional business
process modeling. They have been very busy during the conference because
a lot of partners and customers have been interested
Data is one of the current hype themes. Because of huge data amounts
from different internal or external sources, the handling of these data
becomes more and more challenging. Companies have a need for analyzing
the data to optimize their business. The challenge is here: the amount
of data is growing daily! To store and analyze the data efficiently, it
is necessary to have a scalable and flexible infrastructure. Here it is
important that hardware and software are engineered to work together.
Therefore several new features of the Oracle Database 12c, like the new
in-memory option, have been presented by Larry Ellison himself.
a hardware side new server machines like Fujitsu M10 or new processors,
such as Oracle’s new M6-32 have been announced. The performance
improvements, when using one of these hardware components in connection
with the improved software solutions were really impressive. For more
details about this, please take look at our previous blog post.
Regarding Big Data, Oracle also introduced their Big Data architecture, which consists of:
- Oracle Big Data Appliance that is preconfigured with Hadoop
- Oracle Exdata which stores a huge amount of data efficently, to achieve optimal query performance
- Oracle Exalytics as a fast and scalable Business analytics system
of the stored data can be performed using SQL, by streaming the data
directly from Hadoop to an Oracle Database 12c. Alternatively the
analysis can be directly implemented in Hadoop using “R”. In addition
Oracle BI Tools can be used to analyze the data.
Data is a complementary approach to Big Data. A huge amount of mostly
unstructured data comes in via different channels with a high frequency.
The analysis of these data streams is also important for companies,
because the incoming data has to be analyzed regarding business-relevant
patterns in real-time. Therefore these patterns must be identified
efficiently and performant. To do so, in-memory grid solutions in
combination with Oracle Coherence and Oracle Event Processing
demonstrated very impressive how efficient real-time data processing can
One example for Fast Data solutions that was shown during the
OOW was the analysis of twitter streams regarding customer
satisfaction. The feeds with negative words like “bad” or “worse” have
been filtered and after a defined treshold has been reached in a certain
timeframe, a business event was triggered.
key trend in the IT market is of course Cloud Computing and what it
means for companies and their businesses. Oracle announced their Cloud
strategy and vision – companies can focus on their real business while
all of the applications are available via Cloud. This also includes
Oracle Database or Oracle Weblogic, so that companies can also build,
deploy and run their own applications within the cloud. Three different
approaches have been introduced:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
the IaaS approach only the infrastructure components will be managed in
the Cloud. Customers will be very flexible regarding memory, storage or
number of CPUs because those parameters can be adjusted elastically.
The PaaS approach means that besides the infrastructure also the
platforms (such as databases or application servers) necessary for
running applications will be provided within the Cloud. Here customers
can also decide, if installation and management of these infrastructure
components should be done by Oracle. The SaaS approach describes the
most complete one, hence all applications a company uses are managed in
the Cloud. Oracle is planning to provide all of their applications, like
ERP systems or HR applications, as Cloud services.
this seems to be a very forward-thinking strategy, which opens up new
possibilities for customers to manage their infrastructure and
applications in a flexible, scalable and future-oriented manner.
you can see, our OOW days have been very very interresting. We
collected many helpful informations for our projects. The new
innovations presented at the confernce are great and being part of this
was even greater! We are looking forward to next years’ conference!
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